County of Alameda

Fire Geographic Information Systems Technician (#8212)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - Fire Paraprofessional (073)
$38.39-$47.13 Hourly / $3,071.08-$3,770.31 BiWeekly /
$6,654.00-$8,169.00 Monthly / $79,848.00-$98,028.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, assist with the creation, maintenance and update of the Alameda County Regional Emergency Communications Center (ACRECC) Geographic Information System (GIS); to assist with the analysis of spatial and tabular data and for the production of electronic and hard-copy maps; and performs related work as required.


This position located in the ACRECC at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a federally secured Department of Energy (DOE) facility. This position requires candidates meet DOE security clearance.

This technician class performs a variety of work related to the support, development, and maintenance of the geographic information system for use in ACRECC. Incumbents, under direction from the Fire Geographic Information Systems Analyst or Division Chief, Deputy Fire Chief or Fire Chief, performs GIS work to produce a variety of maps and other processing output such as reports, and to resolve moderately complex computer operating system network problems. This class performs a variety of data entry, manipulation, integration and output production.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Use of systems to assist with the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive geographic information systems, which includes updating the base map layer, and additional layers as specified by the ACRECC.

2. May be required to work with other departmental and county staff to assist with system coordination and integration and the definition of required output.

3. Assembles, organizes and digitizes information into the appropriate GIS database.

4. Documents all work performed, including the use of quality control procedures.

5. Perform computer backup and recovery procedures; correct or report hardware/software problems.

6. Assists with the instruction of other staff in the use of GIS software and databases.

7. Compiles data into technical reports.

8. Prepares a variety of correspondence, documentation and other written materials; update procedural manuals as assigned.

9. Assists with the preparation of cartographic layout and design of a variety of maps and graphics for use and presentation.

10. Assists with the performance of the SQL database entry on a regular basis.



Equivalent to completion of two years college (60 semester or 90 quarter units), which has included coursework in trigonometry, computer-aided drafting, geographic studies, computer science and related technical subjects.



Pattern 1
The equivalent of two years of full-time progressively responsible experience in Geographic Information Systems and Database Management, Cartography, Mechanical Drawing, Civil Engineering, drafting or related field.


Pattern 2
The equivalent of two years of full-time experience in any combination of automated map drafting, GIS database maintenance of a field directly related to the work using geographic information or other spatial software and databases. Additional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis.


Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university, with major coursework in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Geography, Environmental Studies, or a field related to the work.


All candidates must possess a valid California State Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

Special Requirements:

Candidates must pass a psychological evaluation, a medical examination and a thorough background evaluation after an offer of employment will be made. A Computer Voice Stress Analyzer examination will also be included in the process to assess candidates’ responses in the areas of drug use, driving history, honesty, racial discrimination, and sexual harassment. Any felony conviction will result in disqualification. Candidates must be US citizens.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.



NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

• GIS concepts and analytical techniques, including computerized mapping and digital data conversion, manipulation, and analysis
• Principles and practices of, records management, and data collection techniques.
• Pertinent federal and state laws and regulations.
• GIS software principles, methods and techniques, including applicable software such as ArcGIS, GeoMedia Pro, Microstation, AutoCAD, MapInfo, or MapCAD.
• Principles and procedures of quality assurance and security related to computer information systems.
• Basic Global Positioning Systems (GPS) concepts and procedures.
• Modern office practices and procedures.
• Proper English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and vocabulary.
• Perform SQL database data entry on a regular basis.
• Computer-aided drafting software usage and procedures.
• Geographic systems software and databases.
• Recordkeeping principles and practices.
• System documentation principles and practices.
• Techniques for the basic installation and troubleshooting of GIS-related software, including databases.
• Use of standard office equipment.
• Techniques for explaining technical concepts to non-technical users.

Ability to:

• Integrate various spatial and non-spatial data into GIS databases from multiple sources.
• Explain technical concepts to non-technical users.
• Use computer-aided drafting and GIS software to produce digital maps, hardcopy maps, databases and other documentation as requested.
• Perform various GIS database functions, including developing standards and methodologies for use of the GIS database.
• Install, troubleshoot and upgrade GIS software.
• Prepare clear and concise work documentation, update procedures and technical reports.
• Maintain accurate records and files.
• Organize work, set priorities and meet critical deadlines.
• Use initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
• Instruct non-technical users in software use and procedures.
• Establish and maintain effective and professional working relationships.

• Make sound independent decisions within established guidelines.
• Communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing.
• Prepare various graphic maps, diagrams, exhibits and displays for presentation purposes.
• Interpret aerial photographs.

MH:po 7/26/07
Newspecs: 8212.doc
CSC Date: 8/29/2007
MH:po Revised 10/6/08
CSC Date: 10/22/2008
MH:cs Revised 2/22/10
Old Title: Fire Geographical Information Systems Analyst
CSC Date: 3/10/10
MAH:cs Revised 8/15/14
CSC Date: 9/3/14

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